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Sounds of the Orchestra

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Poor sound quality hampers orchestra app.

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SOUNDS OF THE ORCHESTRA is an app that lacks quality audio -- an oversight that limits its value as a teaching tool. The instruments sound like computerized MIDI samples, and in an age where high-quality sound banks of real recorded instruments are readily available there's no excuse for not using them. What's more, the music the instruments play is often out of context, like a saxophone playing an excerpt from The Nutcracker ballet, or a trombone playing part of a Mozart string quartet. Kids will learn a few basic facts about instruments, but if you want to teach them what an orchestra really sounds like, play them a CD or take them to a concert.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad
  • Release date: September 26, 2010
  • Category: Music
  • Publisher: Smappsoft
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • Last updated: August 23, 2016

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